Washington State History

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Salk Middle School Explores Washington!

Lace up your hiking boots and get ready for an unforgettable trek through beautiful Washington state!

Experience iconic Seattle structures & institutions, witness state government and the justice system in action, get an up close look at maritime science, aviation science, earth science and historic feats of engineering.

This is diverse Washington, so you’ll also experience the beauty of the Cascades and immerse yourself in the arts and culture that set worldwide trends!

Don’t miss out on this jam-packed Pacific Northwest adventure!

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Big adventure. Epic impact.

Program length: 4 days, 3 nights
All Inclusive Price: $495
Date: April 2 – 5, 2018

Group Size:  53 Students, 3 Leaders, 4 Parents

Your Group Leader:
Mr. Erik Johnson

Salk Middle School

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  • Introduction to Washington State Government
  • Tour of State Capitol
  • Meeting with State Representative (dependent upon legislative calendar)
  • Private meeting with Washington State Supreme Court Justice
  • Exploration of Washington’s Sociological, Ecological & Natural History
  • Pike Place Market
  • Burke Museum on University of Washington Campus
  • Explore Washington’s Maritime & Tourism Industries
  • Grand Coulee Dam

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Are You Ready to ENROLL?

Join us for our informational family meeting to learn more and enroll:

Wednesday Jan 17, 2018

6:00 pm

Salk Middle School

Mr. Erik Johnson’s Room

Full Program Itinerary

Quo Student Travel provides all lodging and meals (except brown bag lunch on Day 1).

Day One: Washington State Government

Monday, April 2 – Today, we’ll explore many facets of state government, discuss its traditions, and meet some of the dedicated public servants who make this institution a valuable, beneficial and enduring aspect of life in Washington State. We will consider ways these examples help illustrate the importance of good governance and responsible civic duty here at home, across the nation and throughout the civilized world.

  • Private motor coach from Spokane to Olympia
  • Stopover at Central Washington University
  • Brown Bag lunch enroute
  • Washington State Capitol Visit, with guided tour
  • One-on-one Briefing with Legislator
  • Visit the Temple of Justice
  • Introduction to Washington State Page Program

Dinner and overnight in Olympia.

Day Two: Education, Emerald City-Style

Tuesday, April 3 – The city is our classroom as we set out to experience some of the significant civic and industrial institutions that have built Seattle into a world class city. Seattle is brimming with opportunities for hands-on exposure while learning about many of the most vital assets in our region’s economy. It’s fun and educational to get an up-close-and-personal look at some of the most recognizable features that make Washington State the envy of the world.

  • Museum of Flight in Tacoma
  • Pike Place Market
  • The ORIGINAL Starbucks Store
  • Tour of University of Washington Campus
  • Ballard Locks

Dinner and overnight in Seattle.

Day Three: The Space Needle and Seattle Science Center

Wednesday, April 4 – There are countless reasons why people have flocked to the Pacific Northwest in the past few decades to make a life for themselves and their families. Many of those reasons extend beyond the economic engines that fuel our healthy jobs market. Seattle and surrounds is world famous for its natural beauty, cultural diversity and incredible quality of life.  Iconic Seattle landmarks, exhibits and museums make this city a mecca for creativity, learning and fun!

  • Seattle Center
  • Seattle Science Center
  • Go up in the Space Needle!
  • Museum of Pop Culture
  • Chihuly Exhibit

This afternoon we’ll drive into the heart of the Cascade Mountains to discover the picturesque Bavarian village of Leavenworth. Here, in this small town on the banks of Icicle Creek, we’ll encounter a way of life that’s rooted in tradition & tourism, and life moves at a different pace.

Dinner and overnight in Leavenworth.

Day Four: Engineering and Earth Science

Thursday, April 5 – Leavenworth, Scenic Highway 2 and the Grand Cooley Dam

No matter where you live in Washington, you’re close to nature. But outside the city, that connection runs far deeper. Today, we’ll take a deep dive into earth science and engineering to learn about our state’s geologic history, the forces still at work on our environment today, and the legacy we have created by commandeering nature’s power and managing our resources.

We’ll learn about our state’s effort to live in harmony with nature while engineering sustainable solutions to the challenges humans face in a range of terrains, conditions and locations.

  • Breakfast in Leavenworth
  • Hike at Icicle Creek
  • Lunch and hike at Dry Falls
  • Drive to Grand Coulee Dam
  • Guided Tour of Dam and Museum
  • Return to Spokane via Highway 2, the northernmost all-season highway through the Cascade Mountains

This evening we will return to Salk Middle School by 6pm. 


Quo Student Travel is honored to work with Salk Middle School on this exciting local program. Please bear in mind that aspects of this program remain in development. Further details will be added as arrangements are finalized. We look forward to our continued collaboration with Salk Middle School to craft the ideal Washington State History Tour experience.